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Zuma drops defamation cases

2013-05-31 17:11

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has withdrawn legal action against various media over cartoons and articles he considered defamatory, his spokespersonsaid on Friday.

"In consultation with his legal team, President Zuma has elected to withdraw his claims against the various entities and in so doing bring these matters to a close, mindful as he is that much of the litigation commenced before the president assumed office," Mac Maharaj said.

The material, from 2006 to 2010, prompted Zuma to institute legal action against various media groups and individuals associated with them.

But now he felt "that measured as against the broader national interest and challenges which the country is faced with, his personal sentiments, however aggrieved he may feel, must give way".

Maharaj said Zuma had considered the cartoons and articles defamatory or calculated to "bring his good name, and in some instances the office of the president, into disrepute".

In some instances they sought to cast African males in a particularly negative light with "bigoted and racist overtones and innuendo".

Maharaj said the decision was "informed by the broader agenda of reconciliation and nation building".

The president intended redressing prejudice and inequality through government-led programmes and forging better working relationships with like-minded interest groups.

In October Zuma dropped his R5m claim for defamation for cartoonist Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro's "Lady Justice" cartoon.

It depicts Zuma loosening his trousers while "Lady Justice" is pinned down by since expelled African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema, Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande and ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, all saying: "Go for it, boss".

Comments
  • Themba Mazibuko - 2013-05-31 17:16

    He dropped the cases because the TRUTH is the TRUTH .

      Nico van der Merwe - 2013-05-31 17:21

      The tax payer must most probably pay the various defendants' wasted costs.

      Adam Garden - 2013-05-31 17:36

      He just realised that he is just a joke.

      Im-Tired - 2013-05-31 17:37

      So he had somebody with brains telling him that is was true ......

      Gavin Venter - 2013-05-31 18:00

      nah, why go to court when you have all those tax payers working for you for free...

      Craig Elliott - 2013-05-31 18:05

      "Maharaj said Zuma had considered the cartoons and articles defamatory or calculated to "bring his good name, and in some instances the office of the president, into disrepute". GOOD NAME ??????? BEHWHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahaaaaaaaaaaahhahahahhhahahhahaahahahhhhahhhaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahaahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahha

      DumAss Blackie - 2013-05-31 19:26

      If the TRUTH was the TRUTH - your incompetent, thieving, lying, raping, corrupt el-presidente would be rotting in jail right now - which is where he belongs!!!

      LĂ©viter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-05-31 21:45

      What a terrible and expensive racist tribal DAWK this double headed monster has been to the nation! AMANDLA GUPTAGATE NKANDLAGATE and so many other gates!

  • Jack Bullard - 2013-05-31 17:17

    Very Presidential.

  • Mhaka Khoza - 2013-05-31 17:18

    Smokescreen... Elections around the corner

  • Ronald Van Toorn - 2013-05-31 17:19

    He has wasted enough taxpayer money through court cases! Relieved that common sense prevaled!

  • Robert Khuma Sauka - 2013-05-31 17:23

    Behave yourself now Mr President. ..good move, you have saved yourself some embarrassment in court

  • Werner Nel - 2013-05-31 17:32

    Bang gat!

  • Jenny Nel - 2013-05-31 17:32

    About time you silly little man. Grow up and get some steel up your back. The cartonists are spoofing you because you are the king of greed. The king of corruption. The king of liars. The king of fools, a moral degenerate and racist to boot. You provide them with more material than they need. You are despicable.

  • Nels Pig Mamabolo - 2013-05-31 17:33

    And nw Chester Missing makes way for the real puppet......................Zuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuma.lol moron

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-05-31 17:37

    Cheap electioneering ! ............ and anyway the entire global community (including Gupta and Mugabe) already regard him as prize-prick target in ANC's Zuma-turkey- shoot-season ! ......... (What a-too-late-to-the-table-prize-turkey!!!!!!!!!!!)

  • Samuel Khazamula Bila - 2013-05-31 17:40

    Yeaah Zuma you r most idiot person i ever seen

  • Elsie Palmer - 2013-05-31 17:41

    Ha ha ha the only reason he is doing this is because the elections will be next year and he want to make his name look good and tell the people all the good he has done for them. He is such a fake.

  • Ebony Love - 2013-05-31 17:41

    LOL maybe he will refund the wasted state money

  • Andrea Thompson - 2013-05-31 17:41

    Epic fail, major waste of time.

  • Thabo Modiba - 2013-05-31 17:42

    Lol! He is trying to boost the Rand.

  • Hasani P - 2013-05-31 17:47

    That's a good decision

  • Kevin Baker - 2013-05-31 17:49

    Bring his good name into disrepute ?? Zuma has a good name into? Where ? In which part of cloud coocoo land. That comment just made my weekend. Viva stupidity viva stupidity!

      oneconcernedude - 2013-06-01 09:54

      Very succinct comment Kevin! The comment by Mac-le-mouth: "measured as against the broader national interest and challenges which the country is faced with, his personal sentiments, however aggrieved he may feel, must give way", actually puts it all into perspective....in the "broader national interest" the GREATEST challenge we ALL face is the zoomer himself! WE are the ones who should feel "aggrieved" and HE is the one who must "give way". "They (they?...who is 'they')sought to cast 'African males' in a particularly negative light with "bigoted and racist overtones and innuendo". Huh? Please define 'African male'. One of THE most bigoted, racist innuendo spewing males this country has ever had the misfortune to suffer in a position of power and abuse is the "number one" himself!

  • antoniobanduras.ledwaba - 2013-05-31 17:50

    Agg shame wat ws he dng frm de 1st place JA-HEAD ZUMA

  • Warren Hattingh - 2013-05-31 17:51

    hahaha...'bring his good name' hahahahahah 'into disrepute' hahahahaha Funny zoom's, funny

  • Teboho Martin - 2013-05-31 17:55

    Damn! What was he doing in the first place, he's so clueless.what he know most is to waste tax payers money peventing his so called Image.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-05-31 18:00

    I guess he realized it can all be proven

  • Khutso Manthata - 2013-05-31 18:10

    Scare tactics

  • Cane Corso - 2013-05-31 18:11

    What 'good name'. He is a fraud and therefore a thieving little herd boy. Here every one, gather round !!! This is our pariah Prez.

  • Ian Despy - 2013-05-31 18:15

    Ok out with it.........just how much has it cost the taxpayers?

  • Sabelo Mcondobi - 2013-05-31 18:29

    And Zapiro is now a one day hero...just for your info Jonathan. ANC remains the peoples movement and no one wins against it...history is telling us

      Payricia Bull - 2013-05-31 19:24

      Sabelo just earned a banana

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-05-31 18:31

    Dropped the cases.... Why not??? After he dropped the rand he wouldn't get much anywase......

  • Martin Vass - 2013-05-31 18:38

    Why r the ruling party takin the nation as fools? Jacob Zuma...please do the right thing and recall urself from office...how can any1 defamate some1's caracter if it the truth...and ur legal team knew they wud have been put 2 shame...please step down.

      Nhlanhla Mkhize - 2013-05-31 20:01

      You can also recall yourself from this forum

  • Gaddafi Ngubonde - 2013-05-31 18:40

    Rubbish News24 to cover up other news

  • Truth.speak - 2013-05-31 18:48

    First thing he has done right this year. Remember after Mangaung the first thing he said was black people don't like pet animals. What a silly giggling fool. Our country is becoming a laughing stock because we have a village idiot as no 1

  • Mfaniseni Thusi - 2013-05-31 19:08

    This is Ubuntu.

  • Kimmara Maloney - 2013-05-31 19:12

    "his good name" lol!!!!

  • Heinrich Venter - 2013-05-31 19:26

    He brought his own office into disrepute

  • Alwyn van Tonder - 2013-05-31 19:33

    Hahahaha.. whatever.. he's wasted our tax money to fight a battle he wasn't going to win..

  • Michael Tetley - 2013-05-31 19:54

    His lawyers probably advised that he would not be able to win any of the suits and losing in Court would officially confirm what the various defendants were saying all along. Magnanimous good guy, for the good of the country, my backside!

      Julian Edward Frost - 2013-05-31 22:51

      My thoughts exactly Michael. He brought the actions in an attempt to bully the press and Zapiro. Then, when they didn't back down he realised (or was told by his lawyers) that he would lose, and lose badly. So he dropped the cases to avoid being made to look an even bigger fool.

  • Sifiso Sosibo - 2013-05-31 20:35

    Drop all Advisors surrounding you for feeding you suicidal advises that makes you a laughing stock in the END!

  • Mfaniseni Thusi - 2013-05-31 20:35

    On this platform whatever involves ANC or Zuma is found negative. When Zuma laid the charges many said he was hiding something now he drops them he is still wrong. This is like being in a mad house full of racial insanity. Sickening! As for the blacks who have joined this madness all what I can say to them is Africans captured other Africans and handed them over to slave traders.

      Edward En Sindy Potgieter - 2013-05-31 23:28

      And this is why this country is in the state that it is in,poor very poor!You need to check yourself friend!

      Letheo Mogwazeni - 2013-06-01 11:42

      Thank you my brother for trying to put some sense into our African people. We shouldn't be surprised by some whites who are continuously insulting and expressing their hatred for President Zuma because it is in their nature to hate blacks.But what about blacks who agree with such white people?Such black people are the Mangopes of today,they still enjoy calling white people ''my baas'' and have forgotten who they are. Such people are a shame to the black society and are Big Fools who are used as puppets by white people to discredit and degrade every black person they hate.

  • John Smith - 2013-05-31 21:04

    Stating a fact cannot be construed as defamation. One found corrupt with Shaik an facing over 700 corruption charges cannot be defamed, he has set his own fame.

  • carel.merwe.7 - 2013-05-31 21:07

    I dont care thusi.. he will always be the worst pres this country have ever seen point....

  • Seun Mogotji - 2013-05-31 23:51

    Why r the ruling party takin the nation as fools? Jacob Zuma...please do the right thing and recall urself from office...how can any1 defamate some1's caracter if it the truth...and ur legal team knew they wud have been put 2 shame...please step down.

  • Khofu Moahloli - 2013-06-01 08:01

    A damascene moment for JZ? Never! He doesn't need the money now that he has the Gupta sugar daddies. Not that his prospects in the cases were good anyway.

  • Phill Sarefa - 2013-06-01 16:20

    he had to. After all he deserved more than he got. I think the Media has been very lenient on its criticism of Zuma. The man is just a liability even to himself. I think if he had resigned I would have been happier.

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